Know the toxins in your child's face paints. October 22 2013
We have chosen to offer a natural alternative to the leading brands of face paints, made from a scary list of ingredients.
Here's a quick list of the main ingredients in face paints from leading brands, such as Snazaroo.
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): potentially carcinogenic petroleum ingredient used in cleansers to dissolve oil and grease. PEG adjusts the melting point and thickens products.
Propylene Glycol (PG) and Butylene Glycol: gaseous hydrocarbons that penetrate the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure. Both propylene and butylenes glycol are used in cosmetics as humectants to bind moisture and hold water to the skin. Associated with brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.
FD&C Color Pigments: synthetic colors made from coal tar contain heavy metal salts that deposit toxins into the skin, causing skin sensitivity and irritation. Studies have shown that synthetic colors are linked to cancer and hyperactivity in children.
Parabens (methylparaben and propylparaben): used to prevent the growth of microbes in cosmetic products. Can be absorbed through the skin, blood and digestive system. Parabens are linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation.